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Why Freemium Doesn't Work

jenn_13 Re:For 1 data point (321 comments)

(Barrel / cask / keg / drum / etc is the large cylindrical container for storing beverages, chemicals or, historically, certain foods)

You forgot about monkeys!

more than 2 years ago
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Average Web Page Approaches 1MB

jenn_13 Re:Not surprised (319 comments)

I don't know about other developers, but I do care, and try to keep pages small. More and more people are accessing the web on mobile devices, so minimizing the data going back and forth, and round trips to the server, is important to user experience. In the design community, designing with mobile devices in mind is a growing practice.

more than 2 years ago
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Clothier Slammed For Using 'Perfect' Virtual Model

jenn_13 Re:Cheaper (471 comments)

... getting all indigent...

I don't think that word means what you think it means...

more than 2 years ago
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Will Windows 8 Be Ready For Release In 2012?

jenn_13 Re:Bob (504 comments)

So, windows 8 will inspire a new WORST FONT EVER?

more than 2 years ago
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Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?

jenn_13 Re:Should X be mandatory? (861 comments)

What if he lives in a tiny apartment, where he really doesn't have space for all these multiple bins?

more than 2 years ago
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How Publishers Are Cutting Their Own Throats With eBook DRM

jenn_13 Re:Not sure DRM is the biggest issue at the moment (355 comments)

I assume he was emphasizing that the increase was not in the number of sales (which, at a lower price, may or may not mean an increase in revenue), but the amount of $monetary_unit brought in...

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

jenn_13 Re:High school doesn't prepare you for college (841 comments)

wow...

So you're happy with your situation, and that's a good thing. Obviously, you made the right decisions for you.
But what's up with implying that anyone who does differently is stupid? Sure, the single life was fun for a while, but I wouldn't give up my wonderful husband and kids for all the partying in the world. I may be a little more tired going to work after getting up at night with kids, and my house might look like a toy store exploded in it. And instead of going out to bars, we settle for a beer on the couch after the kids go to bed. But at the end of the day when my little guys are happy to see me, and I watch my husband having a blast playing with them, it's all worth it.
We may not have a ton of money for all the things we want, but we're comfortable enough, and we're doing work we enjoy. We're certainly not miserable, and I never feel like I'm missing out.

So, enjoy the life you've chosen, and don't waste any of your time feeling sorry for me.

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Union Tries To Block Online Courses

jenn_13 Re:its not 'unions'. (608 comments)

What a strange set of circumstances...

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Rules Boss's "Firing Contest" Created a Hostile Work Environment

jenn_13 Re:I'd do it (314 comments)

Just off the top of my head, not saying for sure that this definitely happens, but: If it's hard to fire an employee once hired, it may be harder to get hired in the first place. An employer will probably need to spend more time and money on checking someone out first, which leaves less for salaries.

more than 2 years ago
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Accent Monitoring: Innovation Or Rights Violation?

jenn_13 Re:college (448 comments)

this^^

more than 2 years ago
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Accent Monitoring: Innovation Or Rights Violation?

jenn_13 Re:LOL (448 comments)

There's a difference here though. We're adults, and yes, we should be able to adapt within reason. However, the article specifically refers to second graders. I don't think we should expect the same of seven-year-olds as we do of adults. If I have to work with someone with a strong accent, I can adapt with a little extra effort, and it won't bother me as long as they don't get offended when I occasionally have to ask them to repeat something. But if my young child can't understand his teachers, I'm going to have a problem with that.

more than 2 years ago
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Accent Monitoring: Innovation Or Rights Violation?

jenn_13 Re:Context (448 comments)

This depends on the level of the students. At university, I had several professors with heavy accents, and it just required a little more effort on my part to listen more closely, and ask for repetitions occasionally, and this was not a problem for me. I would expect university students, as adults, to be capable of doing the same, or in the case that the accent is just too difficult to understand, to say something to the professor. The article, however, was specifically referring to elementary school children. I would not expect the same of them as I would of university, or even high school students. In the second grade, kids should not have to struggle to understand their teacher. There is a lot for kids to learn in elementary school, and I don't think it benefits them to have to learn to understand accents at the same time.

more than 2 years ago
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Fetus Don't Fail Me Now: How Scientists Raise Children

jenn_13 Re:How Scientists Raze Parents. (233 comments)

It's hard to know how much of our logic kids understand, especially when they are young toddlers and don't use many words yet. I try to err on the side of telling my 19 month old son a little more of a rational explanation than I really expect him to understand. This way, I figure, if he doesn't get it, I'm still at least getting in the habit of using logic with him, and on the off chance he does, that's a bonus. Hopefully this is the right way to do things, anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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Fetus Don't Fail Me Now: How Scientists Raise Children

jenn_13 In other news... (233 comments)

Different people have different priorities, and find happiness in different things. This doesn't make any of them wrong or bad.

more than 3 years ago
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Fetus Don't Fail Me Now: How Scientists Raise Children

jenn_13 Re:well (233 comments)

The sense of humor comes in handy, especially when you have to put up with a husband and kids. But actually, 99.9% of the time, they are the best thing in my life. Then there are the moments when you have to laugh when something frustrating happens, because there's no point in getting mad about it. Which is why my son had the temporary nickname of "Mom's fountain of joy", while I was learning to be much faster with diaper changing...

more than 3 years ago
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Fetus Don't Fail Me Now: How Scientists Raise Children

jenn_13 Re:Divorced in (233 comments)

So what are you trying to say, (pregnant) wives have no sense of humor?

more than 3 years ago
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Professor Questions Sink-Or-Swim Intro To CS Courses

jenn_13 Re:Sorry to sound elitist, but... (606 comments)

I agree that getting an early start at programming is beneficial, but I don't believe it's necessary. I expect I'm quite a bit older than you, but when I was growing up, having access to a computer wasn't common. Maybe some of the more wealthy families had one, but not ours. I simply wasn't exposed to computers much in high school. After high school, I spent 6 years in the military, to earn some money to pay for college (even though I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet). While I was in, I got a little more exposure to computers, and became interested. So, when I started college in my mid twenties, my first CS course was my first exposure to programming. There were some students that seemed to have a hard time, but I wasn't one of them. Some people have the thinking skills/talent necessary, even if they never had the exposure to the technology, and once they get that exposure and the opportunity to try, even if they're older, they do well. Even with no prior experience or exposure, I did very well, and finally graduated (Magna Cum Laude, even), and now I'm working as a developer, quite successfully. Sure, there are people who aren't cut out for CS, generally the ones who struggle in the intro courses. However, just because you didn't get an early start at programming, that doesn't mean that you can't be inclined toward it and excel at it.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Add Pay To Cover a Tax For Gays

jenn_13 Re:Why so discriminating? (1036 comments)

AFAIK, they're not actually applying a special tax to people because they're gay. It's putting kind of a fine point on it, but actually, they just give tax breaks to people for being married, and unfortunately, our government doesn't allow same-sex marriage. IMO, TRWTF is that the govt has any involvement in marriage at all. Only slightly less WTF-y is our tax code...

disclaimer: I'm a Libertarian, so I consider at least 90% of the government to be a huge WTF...

more than 4 years ago

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